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Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through 13 games?

12.13.11 at 6:03 pm ET

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat ‘€” a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback ‘€” it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. After 13 games, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 7 catches on 7 targets (100 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 100 catches on 136 targets (74 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 71 catches on 100 targets (71 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 59 catches on 85 targets (69 percent)
Tiquan Underwood: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 6 catches on 10 targets (60 percent)
Deion Branch: 48 catches on 81 targets (59 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 15 catches on 28 targets (54 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 13 catches on 26 targets (50 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 7 targets (43 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Taylor Price: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

By position:
Tight end: 130 catches on 185 targets (70 percent)
Wide receiver: 167 catches on 260 targets (64 percent)
Running back: 31 catches on 49 targets (63 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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